Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 1

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our weekly edition of “In the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Former KU mascot wins big on Wheel of Fortune | WIBW.com

You may not recognize him with his bowtie instead of a giant Jayhawk head, but former Big Jay mascot and Kansan Phil Bennett, g’13, spun and won big bucks on Wheel of Fortune tonight.
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Lori Dougherty-Bichsel hired as Topeka’s new Municipal Court judge | The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lori Dougherty-Bichsel, a former state litigator, will lead the Topeka Municipal Court as administrative judge, the city announced Wednesday. Dougherty-Bichsel graduated from the KU School of Law in 2006.
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Acquisition expands KC law firm’s employer and insurance defense practice | Kansas City Business Journal

Kansas City-based McAnany Van Cleave & Phillips PA has boosted its employer and insurance defense practice with the acquisition of a Springfield law firm. Brooke Smith, l’04, will work out of MVP’s Springfield office.
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Danny Manning signs lengthy contract extension at Wake Forest | KUsports.com

Wake Forest University has signed men’s basketball coach Danny Manning to a six-year contract extension that will take him through the 2024-25 season. Manning, c’92, is a former KU basketball star.
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Diane Yetter Named One of 100 Most Influential People in Accounting | yettertax.com

Diane Yetter was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Accounting” for 2017 by Accounting Today, a leading accounting industry publication.  Yetter, b’85, is founder of YETTER™ and The Sales Tax Institute. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Kansas School of Business and is a member of KU Endowment’s Board of Trustees.
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Jay-Z-inspired syllabus praised by University of Kansas | Washington Examiner

A University of Kansas graduate student has formulated a class syllabus that reflects rapper Jay-Z’s hit album 4:44. Anthony Boynton, a PhD English candidate, came up with the idea of the “4:44 Syllabus” after listening to the album. He felt emboldened to depict “black masculinity” which he believes is highlighted throughout the album.
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$1M gift endows professorship at KU Medical Center | The University of Kansas

A gift commitment from longtime faculty member Dr. Dennis Diederich and his wife, Alice Diederich, will provide $1 million to endow a professorship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The Diederichs, both KU alumni who live in Overland Park, established the fund to support the professorship in the Nephrology and Hypertension Division of the Department of Internal Medicine within the KU School of Medicine.
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Alumnus’ love for Kansas led to award-winning short film | The University Daily Kansan

Film director Patrick Clement, c’15, is making a name for himself one short film at a time. His most recent film, “Rabbits,” about an isolated farmer in Kansas who uses the body of a young woman to keep a promise to his dead wife, has attracted attention from film festivals around the world.
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